About the Project

The Morae River Project started out as an exercise in world building but has grown into a personal exploration in writing, drawing, and evolution. I have always had an interest in designing fictional organisms but had yet to put them into any sort of context. In spring of 2008, I decided to create organisms with the idea that they would evolve with and shape their environments.

I’ve constructed a river and the ecosystems that might exist along it and have begun to make it my own. My effort is to represent the more notable of species to give you an understanding of Solturna, it’s flora, and fauna; to perhaps feel that these organisms are thought out, organized, and studied.

-Brynn Metheney

30 Responses to About the Project

  1. Ben says:

    I love the idea behind your project, and the Red Tailed Mardik is a really beautiful creature – kind of half lion, half lizard. Love it!
    I will be bookmarking this site and checking back to see the rest of the wildlife inhabiting the Morae River!
    Keep it up!

  2. Toby says:

    Can’t wait to see some amphibians!

  3. Alex says:

    Fantastic work, very inspirational. Your creativity and imagination deserve applause. I will be following this keenly!

  4. Hi Brynn,

    Greetings from a fellow world builder! I expect to have something for you on my blog (http://planetfuraha.blogspot.com/) next Sunday.

  5. Mark says:

    Youre artwork is beautiful, also very detailed. I cant wait too see whats next

  6. Sam says:

    Damn awesome, right up there with the dinosaur project and snaid

  7. Braden says:

    What process do you take to making these creature? Do you start off building on a creature that already exists? Do you mix and match or is this all just straight out of your head?

    I love all of them so far can’t wait to see what happens in your world next.

    • admin says:

      I usually begin with writing. I like to write out what the animal’s role in the environment is, along with behaviors and physical descriptions. All of my work is influenced by observation and research of animals here on earth. Most behaviors are inspired by or taken directly from nature. Thank you for your questions and comments! :)

  8. Nathan says:

    Hello, Brynn

    I just received your book in the mail and the art, as well as here on the site, is beautiful. As a fellow artist I love looking at the creations of another individual’s creativity. I will definitely be following you as well.

    I too, have a universe I’ve been working on- projectcosmos.net. There are other sites related to the universe but that is the hub. Would it be satisfactory if I could link your site with one of mine own, and perhaps, vice versa?

    I will continue to be a fan of your art and imagination- it’s very entertaining. :)

    • admin says:

      I appreciate you buying the book and Im very glad to hear you enjoy it! I looked through your website (I’ll dive further into later tonight) and I’m impressed. Awesome idea with the journal! I can’t wait to get more into it. You are more than welcome to link back to The Morae River. I’m currently making a links page myself and I’ll be sure to add you to the list! Thanks again for the comment and I look forward to seeing more work from you as well! :D

  9. Kane says:

    I just confirmed. I learned of you and your site from your appearance on the Science…..sort of podcast. I am familiar w/ worldbuilding as a hobby because I am a D&D geek-which I am told is the worst kind.
    anyway, your site is wonderful and I look forward to more surprises from our intrepid field scientist.

    • admin says:

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoy the website. I’m also glad to hear you came over from the podcast! Don’t worry D&D-geeks are cool with me… :)

  10. Wesley Riot says:

    a great idea with some nice art to back it up.
    as far as i can tell, though, the RSS button on the main page doesn’t work.

    • admin says:


      Thank you very much! I hadn’t noticed the rss not working. I’ve tinkered with it a bit and it seems to be working ok now. Let me know if your still having trouble though. Thanks for the heads up! :D

  11. Hello Brynn,

    Is something wrong with your mailing system? I had already entered my name some time ago, but after receiving a few messages there was silence. I almost assumed you had stopped working on the project, but checked the link regardless, only to find new entries.

    I will once more enter my name in the list, but perhaps you should check whether or not it is working as intended.

    Best wishes


    • admin says:


      I apologize about the confusion. I had posted in the News section that I had lost all of my mail subscriptions due to an updating error. I’m glad you re-entered it. You should be receiving updates now. I’ll be posting some updates about the project tomorrow. Hopefully they will end up in your inbox. I am subscribed to my own blog through a gmail account as well and it seems to be working.

      Thanks Gert!

  12. Cal says:

    When is your next post soon I hope! :)

  13. Emily says:

    I was wondering when you will have the new
    website ready?
    Thank You

    • admin says:


      Unfortunately we’ve hit some snags in the design of the website itself. I’m hoping to have it up by the first week of April at the latest. Thanks!

  14. Calum says:

    Hi I love your work, the drawings are amazing. will more creatures be on the way?

    Ps. by the way the black mardik is y favorite!

  15. Calvin says:

    Hi Brynn,
    I’ve subscribed to ‘Science…sort of’ audio broadcasts and I’m not very far along. Just today I listened to Episode 12 and heard about you and Morae River Project. That one was broadcast on 11/23/2009, and I just listened to it today. I shot over to your site and was excited and saddened; excited to see the site and realize all the cool stuff I can see, and then saddened to see your April 1st (but no fooling) post.

    I will take my time getting into your Morae River world and art and make it last as long as possible, and I will look forward to whatever else you may have planned.

    A definite fan,
    Calvin Dunn

    • Hi Calvin,

      That’s great! I’m glad you listen to that podcast! It’s so interesting and the guys who put it on are awesome! Very glad you liked episode 12 too ;)
      Yeah, I’m still a bit sad the project had to end. It’s for the better though. I’ve learned so much from The Morae River and I’m very excited to put what I know now into a new project!
      I hope you follow along! I’ll post links on this website once I start the other project and have it up online and such.

      Anyway, thanks for the kind note! :)


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